Cast announced for Hairspray UK tour

The tour reaches Blackpool Opera House on the 18 September.

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Award-winning comedian Norman Pace will star as Wilbur Turnblad in the touring production of Hairspray, set to reach Blackpool’s Opera House on the 18 September 2017. Pace will be joined on stage by Matt Rixon returning at Edna, Layton Williams as Seaweed, and musical theatre star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle.

Pace is known for his creative partnership in ITV’s The Hale and Pace Show. Rixon celebrates credits in The Ladykillers and Around the World in 80 Days, and Edwards in Chicago and We Will Rock You. Layton Williams has previously been seen in Bad Education and Rent.

They’ll be joined y Gina Murray (Chicago, ) as Velma Von Tussle, and Jon Tsouras (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoast, Crazy For You) once again playing Corny Collins. Edward Chitticks (On The Town, Mamma Mia) will play Link Larkin, and Aimee Moorse as Amber Von Tussle. Other names include Annalise Liard-Bailey as Penny Pingleton and Monifa James as Little Inez. Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

The cast also includes Lauren Concannon, Melissa Nettleford and Emily-Mae Walker as The Dynamites, Shay Barclay, Ben Darcy, George Hinson, Jordan Laviniere, Graham MacDuff, Lindsay McAllister, Tracey Penn and Freya Rowley.

It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this big, bold and beautiful production is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson.

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